EJ Relevant News Releases
News Release, June 15, 2017
Chesapeake, VA – Today, Dollar Tree executives did not commit to meeting with a coalition of Dollar Tree stock owners and customers, nor did they answer their concerns about high levels of hazardous chemicals found in some of the discount retailer's products. The Campaign for Healthier Solutions, a coalition of public health and community groups, attended the company's shareholder meeting to urge the discount chain to do more to reduce customer's exposure to toxic chemicals, especially in communities already overburdened by toxic chemical exposure, and to share what they are doing with the public.
News Release, April 18, 2017
[Washington, D.C.] – Recently, Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), further delayed important safety improvements for thousands of hazardous chemical facilities which pose an immediate threat to millions of Americans. Pruitt’s decision to delay improvements to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) program, which have been under consideration for over three years, included numerous opportunities for industry input, and over 150,000 public comments, is contrary to public expectations across party lines. This delay further endangers first-responders, chemical facility workers, and the 134 million Americans who live fence-line to 12,500 chemical facilities managed under the RMP program.
News Release, April 18, 2017
[San Diego, CA] – Yesterday, California district attorneys announced that a Kern County judge has ordered the Tennessee-based discount retailer Dollar General to pay $1.12 million in civil penalties for "routinely and systematically" violating the law by sending hazardous waste to local landfills. Representatives of the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, which works to address the public health impacts of toxic chemicals found in some dollar store products.
News Release, February 27, 2017
[Washington, D.C.] – Last week, the Environmental Justice Health Alliance (EJHA) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and other Congressional leaders urging them to block efforts to overturn improvements to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Risk Management Plan (RMP). The letter was signed by executives from 25 groups which focus on environmental justice issues, and included many organizations who work with or represent community members living in the disaster-zone of catastrophic explosions or dangerous chemical releases from facilities covered by EPA’s RMP.
News Release, December 1, 2016
Houston, TX – Hoy, cientos de expertos de la salud, doctores, investigadores y activistas llevaron a cabo manifestaciones y reuniones con los gerentes de tiendas en más de 65 tiendas de Dollar Tree en 26 estados a lo largo del país durante la época de compras para los días festivos. Coordinado por la Campaña para Soluciones Saludables, estos consumidores de tiendas de dólar trabajaron para educar a otros compradores e incrementar el conocimiento sobre las sustancias químicas toxicas encontradas en varios productos de venta en una de las cadenas de tiendas de dólar más grandes del país. A pesar de la escala de estas manifestaciones a nivel nacional, los organizadores de las protestas notaron que oficiales corporativos de Dollar Tree, hasta el momento, no han respondido a la campaña de manera formal.
News Release, December 1, 2016
Houston, TX – Today, hundreds of health experts, doctors, researchers and activists held demonstrations and store manager meetings at over 65 Dollar Tree store locations in 26 states across America during the busy holiday shopping season. Coordinated by the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, these dollar store shoppers worked to educate other customers and raise awareness about toxic chemicals found in numerous products sold at one of the nation’s largest dollar store chains. Despite the scale of this national demonstration, protest organizers noted that Dollar Tree corporate officials have so far failed to respond to the campaign in any formal way.
News Release, September 15, 2016
[Washington, DC] – On Tuesday, August 16th, the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, the American Sustainable Business Council, and the Learning Disabilities Association of America met with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to press for action on toxic chemicals found in products purchased from the nation’s largest discount retail chains (commonly known as ‘dollar stores’).
News Release, August 10, 2016
[Washington, DC] – Today, a coalition of consumers, concerned parents, health experts, business leaders, and scientists responded to Dollar Tree’s recently released 2016 ‘Sustainability Report’ expressing deep concern that the company has made no improvements or adopted new policies to identify and phase out toxic chemicals from products it sells since its last report in 2013. Public health advocates noted that a comparison of the product safety policy sections in Dollar Tree’s 2013 and 2016 Sustainability Reports are almost wordfor-word identical in language and content, with no new actions or policies listed since 2013. Observers are led to believe that one of the nation’s largest retail chains may not have taken any action to further protect the health and safety of its customers and employees now for several years. [Follow this link to read the full news release].
News Release, June 23, 2016
[Washington, DC] – In response to President Obama signing the ’Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act' into law, Judy Robinson, Co-Director of Coming Clean, a collaborative network of over 200 community and environmental health organizations, issued the following statement:
“Although we desperately need to update our nation’s 'Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976' (TSCA) to address public health problems caused by today’s ubiquitous chemical exposures, Congress’s most recent effort falls far short of the protections families and at-risk communities deserve. The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act does make some important improvements to our current toxic chemical regulations, however, this is a low bar to clear given that our preceding rules failed to ban even the most dangerous substances such as asbestos and dioxin. Today, while the din of self-congratulation still resonates, we ask Congress-members to take stock of the communities still in danger—and the work yet to be done—to ensure that every child grows up free from birth defects or learning disabilities and every adult need not worry about cancer or health problems related to toxic chemical exposures.”
News Release, May 27, 2016
Dallas, TX - Richard Moore, director of Albuquerque's Los Jardines Institute (The Gardens Institute) and national co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance, received Health Care Without Harm's highest distinction the 'Environmental Health Hero Award', at the national CleanMed conference held in Dallas, TX. The coalition of hospitals, medical professionals, health-affected constituencies, and others, chose to bestow its “highest honor” on Richard in front of over 700 conference attendees and in recognition of his “longstanding and tireless support for racial justice and environmental protection for low income people and people of color” and his “work with local healthcare clinics in supplying fresh organic produce to low-income patients.”